Meow Meow is a kit that converts everyday objects into interactive touch panels.Designed by Electronic Cats in Mexico
Meow Meow is a electronic board that allows you to connect different objects to a computer and interact with it, since you can convert many everyday objects into touch panels that send signals to the…Read More…
Meow Meow is a electronic board that allows you to connect different objects to a computer and interact with it, since you can convert many everyday objects into touch panels that send signals to the computer, and allows you to use it as a conventional keyboard, you can even connect them to the internet!
Meow Meow was designed by Electronic Cats and wants to encourage experimentation, both for beginners and experts, who want to interact with the real world (physical) and with digital world. For this reason, it can be applied in visual and arts, music... engineering, etc. Even, for purposes of physical rehabilitation and related to the interaction between man and technology.
What can i do?
The possibilities are so many, that it only depends on you. Using it is as easy as loading a web page with the application of a piano that you can play with your conventional keyboard, but what if instead of using the keys on your keyboard, you could use something more fun, like bananas, or apples or even several people? Now do the same but with an online game like PacMan that you can control with arrows that you have drawn with pencil on paper!
Meow Meow includes everything you need to make it work: a Meow Meow Card, 10 alligator cables and a USB cable.
How it works? Meow Meow uses capacitance sensors to detect when a connection has been made, even with materials that are not as conductive, such as sheets of paper, play dough or people. Meow Meow can act like a keyboard or a mouse and includes ten input connections on the front, which can be attached via alligator-tipped cables or any other electrical conductor you can think of. It also has another ten input connections on the back, four for SPI, two for I2C, two serial ports and two for I2S, you can access all these ports through jumpers or by means of expansion cards (which we will call Backpacks) .
Imagine that you connect an apple to the Meow Meow and then connect the board to the computer. Connect an apple to one of the Meow Meow input connections and then connect the card to a USB port on your computer, your Meow Meow card will be recognized as an ordinary keyboard (or mouse). Now, when you touch the apple, the computer will detect as if it were an oppressed key. Meow Meow works with all operati ng systems, programs and web pages, since it emulates a normal keyboard.
Block programming with MakeCode
Meow Meow supports being programmed through the Microsoft MakeCode platform, which allows people of all ages and environments to program the Meow Meow to add new sensors and actuators connected to their pins. The interface allows you to experiment in real time with loops, events and complex programming behaviors. We have tested the application with children of all ages (and adults as well) to make it the smoothest introduction to electronic circuit programming.
You can program it here
CircuitPython is a programming language designed to simplify experimentation and learning to program on low cost microcontroller cards. It makes getting started easier than ever, without the need to download applications to your computer. Once you have configured your card, it is only necessary to open any text editor and start editing the code. It's that easy.
CircuitPython adds hardware support to all these amazing python functions. If you already know Python, you can easily apply it to the use of CircuitPython. If you have no previous experience, it is very easy to start!
Circuit python was created by adafruit industries as a derivation of the famous micropython, the difference between one and another is that the first one has support for microcontrollers SAMD21, microcontroller that is in our Meow Meow.
Why use Circuit Python? CircuitPython is easy to use because all you need is to connect your electronic card, a USB cable and a computer with USB connection, to start with your first program.
Programming with Arduino
It is ideal for those who are programming and want to move to the next level and / or for those who have more advanced knowledge in this topic. Meow Meow is fully compatible with the Arduino software platform and all its available libraries for adding sensors and actuators to the board. It is easy to integrate using the Arduino Board Manager with a compatible preloaded bootloader.
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